Series: Mountain #2
Also in this series: My Side of the Mountain, Frightful's Mountain
on May 21st 2001
Genres: Middle Grade, Young Adult
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Two years ago, Sam ran away from New York City to live in the Catskill Mountains. Now his younger sister Alice has joined him and is quietly living in a tree house of her own nearby. Their peaceful life is shattered when a conservation officer confiscates Sam’s falcon, Frightful, and Alice suddenly vanishes. Sam leaves his home to search for Alice, hoping to find Frightful, too. But the trail to the far side of the mountain may lead Sam into great danger.
But it was pretty entertaining to watch Sam and Bando alternate between thinking like Alice and thinking like a pig, and it was nice when both plots (Alice’s disappearance and Frightful’s confiscation) tie in together at the end.
Sam: Still very likeable and reasonable. And very smart.
My opinions on the others can be found in the My Side of the Mountain book review.
The ending was so sad! I’m not entirely sure I would have made the same choice as Sam about letting Frightful go free (would she adapt at all?), but apparently the third book in the trilogy clears that up. Still, it was kind of heartbreaking, even if you knew that was the right thing to do.